Elliot the little elephant has a hard time with a lot of things in the city he loves until he meets Mouse, who is even smaller–and hungrier.
In a big city that isn’t properly sized for a little elephant, Elliot does his best to live his quiet life amidst the hustle and bustle that surrounds him. When he finds a problem that is impossible to overcome on his own, he find that even the littlest things can help make his life a little easier and a lot more fun.
This heartwarming tale of friendship and personal growth, in spite of one’s natural disadvantages, is a title that is certain to engage readers of every age and background. While children will love the adorable and relatable character of Elliot the little elephant, adults will enjoy the book’s beautifully illustrated pages, filled with artwork reminiscent of Depression Era artists such as Thomas Benton, Edward Hopper and Diego Rivera. Due to his vertical disadvantages, Elliot’s tale is one that could be especially inspiring to anyone with a physical disability or complication, showing that any obstacle that might stand in their way can be overcome with a little help.
As the first book by author and illustrator, Mike Curato, this book is a promising start to what will soon become a new juvenile series—the sequel, “Little Elliot Big Family,” is slated to hit the shelves in October of this year.
—Recommended by Joseph Lutholtz, infoZone – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Branch Library
In this twist on “Little Red Riding Hood,” a certain wolf trains to be a ninja in order to catch his prey, but he is not the only one mastering a martial art.
The Big Bad Wolf is having a hard time catching a meal because all of his prey is learning martial arts. So, what happens when he encounters a little girl with a red hood and awesome moves? In the eternal debate of Pirates vs. Ninjas, Ninjas seem to be winning. I’ve always been a fan of a good “fractured fairytale” and this is no exception. Ninja Red Riding Hood is light-hearted, fun, and action packed.
—Recommended by Kasey Panighetti, Franklin Road Branch
Like a lot of kids, Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is a hard thing to be afraid of because it lives right where kids are. You can have a night light, of course, but the dark, the dark still lurks in the corners.
The dark lived in the same house as Laszlo, a big place with a creaky roof, smooth, cold windows, and several sets of stairs. Sometimes the dark hid in the closet. Sometimes it sat behind the shower curtain. But mostly it spent its time in the basement.
In this story, The Dark is a character, just like Laszlo. It hangs out in all the places you would expect The Dark to like; the closet, behind doors, under the bed. Laszlo is a smart kid. He decides to face his fear. Armed with a flashlight, he goes to visit The Dark. When he does, he finds out that like a lot of unknown things, The Dark isn’t so bad. In fact, The Dark is pretty nice. It is especially nice when you close your eyes to go to sleep. A great book for re-imagining The Dark as a friend instead of something scary. Author: Lemony Snicket
One of the best things about the dark is stars…and also meteors! Watching meteor showers is a great way to appreciate the dark and there is a good one coming up that peaks in a few days. It is the Perseid Meteor Shower.
From NASA: Perseids
Peak Activity: Aug 11 – Aug 13, 2015
Peak Activity Meteor Count: Up to 100 meteors per hour
More books about facing up to fears from big bears to nightmares to monsters:
An elite crew has finally found the Lost Nuts of Legend. But will they get home before something happens to the nuts?
Far away in the deep, deep space is a spaceship with a very hungry and a completely lost space team trying to get back home. What obstacles will they face in order to reach home? What evil will they encounter on a banana ship!?
Nuts in Space is the story of a team who just completed their mission to get the lost nuts of legend and now they are on their way home…except for one thing their lost!! Now they must travel through the galaxy to find their way back home, passing some planets with some interesting creatures and running into trouble they never saw coming. Take a journey with the best team in the galaxy and fight against the Darth Banana to protect the nuts of legend!
Recommended by: Mikaela Smith – Garfield Park Library
Miss Lotta Scales, a dragon also known as Miss Lotty the librarian, wants to retire from taking care of the school’s library but will not willingly stand by and see her beloved books replaced by computers.
If you loved The Library Dragon, you will be happy to learn that Miss Lotty has surfaced again in Return of the Library Dragon, written by Carmen Agra Deedy. In this sequel, Miss Lotty is about to retire as the school librarian when she learns that the books are being replaced with electronic devices. Her scales reappear as she staunchly defends her position to return the printed books back to the library. Fortunately, the new in-coming librarian, Miss Molly, agrees with Miss Lotty that children need to unplug from technology and Miss Lotty happily sails off to retirement.
Recommended by: Lisa Loepker – Eagle Branch Library
Help the giraffe eat her dinner, the monkey climb to bed, and the elephant kiss goodnight. iTunes Preview
- Made for Ages 5 and Under
- Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5
- Help the animals prepare for bedtime through seven interactive scenes.
- IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Skill Apps for Kids
- IndyPL Ready to Read: Free Story Apps for Kids
Understanding the narrative is an important skill your toddler needs to learn to read, but sometimes talking about the book as you read it can be a challenge. How do you ask questions without interrupting the flow of the story? How do you encourage your child to guess what happens next? Don’t worry, I am here to help!
Check out these two books by Jon Klassen; This is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back. There’s an obvious underlying hat theme going on, and what kid doesn’t love hats? In the first story, a little fish has stolen a big fish’s hat. In the second one, a bear searches for his lost hat. Both stories have important lessons about stealing, and they’re both amusing (I checked with my nephews, the books are definitely funny), but the best part is how easy it is to talk about the narrative. Every page is an opportunity for questions. Both books are written in a conversational style that’s very engaging. The illustrations are eye-catching. Both books are open-ended, which allows your preschooler to tell you what happens! Your child will be guessing what happens next long before you turn the last page.
Recommended by: Emilie Lynn, East 38th Street Branch Library